Former Ole Miss Rebels and New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, who is also one of the members of the college football playoff selection committee for next year, was asked to assess some of the best teams and players in college football this season. He specifically mentioned the Alabama Crimson Tide and QB AJ McCarron, who he believes is being forgotten in the Heisman discussion:
“I have to agree with Nick Saban,” Manning said about AJ McCarron. “There are a lot of good quarterbacks out here, some flashy guys, really good.
“But AJ McCarron, even the Heisman voters, don’t forget about this dog-gone guy. All he does is win. All he does is complete passes. All he does is keep from turning the ball over. He gets his club in the end zone. Yeah, he’s got good people around him, but that body of work over a three-year period is pretty dog-gone impressive.”
And as far as his pro career, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks believes McCarron will be a productive starter in the NFL based on what he’s heard from Super Bowl winning head coach Mike Holmgren, who also believes McCarron can be a productive starter for an NFL team:
Based on those experiences with Holmgren, I’m a firm believer that McCarron will be a productive starter in the NFL. He possesses enough of the physical traits to succeed as a pro, while exhibiting all of the intangibles offensive coaches value at the position. McCarron makes sound decisions with the ball (he sports an impressive 68-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio during his career) and wisely utilizes his available weapons on the perimeter.